Pearson plc

Pearson plc is a British multinational publishing and education company headquartered in London, England.

Pearson plc
TypePublic limited company
FTSE 100 Component
ISINGB0006776081 Edit this on Wikidata
Founded1844; 179 years ago (1844) (as S. Pearson & Son)
FounderSamuel Pearson
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Key people
Omid Kordestani (Chairman)
Andy Bird (CEO)[1]
ProductsPublishing (books, newspapers, magazines)
ServicesEducational assessment
School management
Higher education
RevenueIncrease £3,841 million (2022)[2]
Increase £271 million (2022)[2]
Increase £244 million (2022)[2]

It was originally founded as a construction business in the 1840s but switched to publishing in the 1920s.[3] It is currently the largest education company and was once the largest book publisher in the world.[4][5] In 2013 Pearson merged its Penguin Books with German conglomerate Bertelsmann. In 2015, the company announced a change to focus solely on education. Pearson plc owns one of the GCSE examining boards for the UK, Edexcel.[6] Pearson has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange in the form of American depositary receipts.

80 Strand (Shell Mex House) in London, the headquarters of Pearson

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